CEOs standing on equal pay piles

25 November, 2020

Decrease in CEO pay variation blamed on ‘reciprocal benchmarking’

Attention around executive remuneration is usually focused on rocketing pay deals. Now researchers have unearthed a new phenomenon in the US: a dramatic fall in variation. Academics from the Nether...
Compass showing net zero carbon target

17 November, 2020

From A to Zero: how to build a credible corporate net zero strategy

Over the past 18 months, the gears have shifted when it comes to climate change, with pressure for both transparency and proactivity now coming from seemingly every angle: the general public, governme...
audit committee, high-quality audit

16 November, 2020

Audit fees increase when foreign investors become majority owners

While there is much attention on audit and whether it's working, there has been less focus on fees. Researchers investigating the cost of audit in Europe believe the price tag rises when foreign inves...
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

9 November, 2020

Biden presidency set to bring corporate governance shift

While all eyes are fixed on whether Donald Trump will leave the White House, others have moved their attention to likely policy decisions under a Biden presidency—and corporate governance is one of ...
Stock market board

5 November, 2020

Dividend payouts set to resume after pandemic-related cuts

Dividends are coming back. That is the prediction at least of one piece of research after the pandemic caused hundreds of companies to cut their payouts. But boards are likely to be considering the et...
EU flag

3 November, 2020

Brussels pushes ahead with project for new European governance

Efforts by the European Commission to introduce new corporate governance laws have stepped up a gear, with a fresh consultation proposing mandatory human rights due diligence and new obligations on co...
US flag flying on Wall Street

28 October, 2020

Governance experts call for US Stakeholder Capitalism Act

The US debate over the future of capitalism continues to flare with a proposal for new legislation that would shift companies away from “shareholder primacy” and into the realm of “stakeholder g...
businesspeople having a tug of war

22 October, 2020

How hedge fund activists influence target firms

When the news broke in September 2016 that billionaire William A. Ackman had taken a 9.9% stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill, the stock of the burrito restaurant chain increased by nearly the same percen...
Responsible innovation

12 October, 2020

Responsible innovation: implications for corporate governance

The world faces unprecedented grand challenges of which the recent Covid-19 pandemic is just one pertinent example. Innovation is crucial for addressing these grand challenges and business is an impor...
Boohoo website on smartphone

25 September, 2020

Boohoo board in the firing line over governance failings

This week will have been a chastening experience for board members at Boohoo, the fashion retailer. After controversy in the summer over the treatment of workers in its supply chain, an independent re...